Sophie had a birthday party.She invited her friends. Her friends brought their parents. That makes sense -- she and most of her friends are only 3 years old. Some grandparents were there.
An election year creates excitement, as it always has, but colorful politicians seem to be a relic of the past.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith decides to focus on Georgia's first football game of the season.
After an appointment with banker Jimmy Talent of United Community Banks in nearby Blairsville, I took Highway 76 East to this town of Hiawassee on the river by the same name to see an ageless gentleman who just keeps rolling along. Like the Hiawassee which flows north into North Carolina and gets its name from the Cherokee Indian word "ayuhwasi," which means savannah or meadow.
The unincorporated crossroads community of Hopeful in southwest Mitchell County -- at the junction of state highways 65 and 97 -- is where Dennis White runs a general store and restaurant, "Hopeful General Store." He eagerly takes up time with his customers and friends, conducting business the way it was done in the old days, providing the best in service and brushing it with broad strokes of generous hospitality and engaging conversation.
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham knows all about the 3-4 defensive alignment.
Longtime Georgia Bulldogs sideline reporter Loran Smith talks to quarterback Aaron Murray's older brother, Josh, who will play defense this year for UGA.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith, who has spent the entire week covering the British Open in St. Andrews, Scotland, looks back on the week of golf -- and memorable images -- from the year's third major championship.
Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith takes a closer look at the week of Jason Bohn, who missed the cut but plans to be back and use his first Open as a learning experience.
While he won't be at this year's British Open, Seve Ballesteros's presence will definitely be felt.
Grass Valley, Calif., an easygoing town of 11,000 located an hour north of Sacramento in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, owes its existence to the California gold rush. It is the home of test pilot Chuck Yeager and also is where Jimmy Jordan's roots have been in place for more than 19 years
Longtime Georgia sideline reporter Loran Smith looks back on 150 years at the British Open in his second of seven columns he's writing from Scotland this week before the PGA Tour's third major of the year.
Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox's recalls memories from his long, rewarding baseball career.
Longtime Georgia Bulldogs sideline reporter Loran Smith reflects on how the U.S. Open has played out for two current Bulldogs -- Russell Henley and Hudson Swafford -- and one former UGA All-American, Erik Compton.
The movie "I'd Climb the Higest Mountain," the story of a circuit-riding Methodist preacher in north Georgia, was filmed in these parts in 1951. Little has changed since that time. Robertstown remains a small community with a modest bearing and humble people who lead simple and uneventful lives.
Tourists flock here year round -- you can spot them this time of the year wearing shorts and Nikes and with cell phones on the hip -- but moss-draped Savannah also has something to offer those of us who have been here more times than we can count.
Up the street from our house is a delightful cottage that I have been charmed by for the longest time, and it has become the focal point of my morning sojourns.
An old friend called back last fall and said, "I'm sending a student by to see you. She is a finance major but likes sports and I want you to give her some advice about her career interest in sports."
Longtime UGA sidelines reporter Loran Smith looks back on the career of Georgia great Pat Hodgson following a recent conversation Hodgson and Smith had over lunch.
Her days are long, her activity restricted, but my mother has no complaints. She's 96 and requires 'round the clock assistance, but she's home, where she prefers to be.
Nunez, a small community of 137 in the southeast corner of Emanuel County, is most often identified as the home of Rayonier Lumber Products and Hooks Grocery.
Andy Roddenbery distinguished himself at the University of Georgia by playing football and probably would have gone into coaching except for circumstances surrounding a fishing accident in Canada.
The great baseball player Tyrus Raymond Cobb, the Georgia Peach, was an advocate of good penmanship. Cobb wrote letters -- in beautiful, flowing script -- using green ink. You can find many of Cobb's original letters to his foundation board and officials at the University of Georgia library.
It was another first in the longtime Nicklaus era at the Masters.The only six-time winner of the championship, Jack Nicklaus has reached the point of honorary starter (with Arnold Palmer) of the tournament.
Longtime Bulldogs sideline reporter Loran Smith offers an inside look at new linebackers coach Warren Belin.
Longtime UGA sidelines reporter Loran Smith shifts from the Bulldogs to the Seminoles this week as he examines FSU coach Bobby Bowden's contributions to college football --- and sooner-than-expected exit from Tallahassee.
Most people probably never think of coming to Aiken, S.C., for a long weekend, but those who do would be smitten by the easy living options available in this laid-back community, which has been hosting visitors since old-fashioned pantaloons were in style.
Paula Deen lives on Wilmington Island. Her kitchen is a television studio -- what did you expect? -- and if you are invited to see her tape her weekly show, you can sample the food when the crew breaks for lunch. Barbecued ribs and chicken, roast pork, salad, vegetables, and sweet potato casserole for dessert.
Longtime UGA sidelines reporter Loran Smith looks back on the inspiring life of former Georgia football great Wally Williamson -- both on and off the field.
Don't know if you remember that summer night in August of 1971 -- the year of hot pants and water beds, the Pentagon papers, Alan Shepard stroking the first lunar golf shot --when Bert Parks sang to Phyllis George, Miss Texas, as she walked down the runway in Atlantic City.
My bow saw is 30 years old, maybe older. Can't remember who or what influenced that first purchase years ago, but it still does the job -- although the frame is rusting and the blade has never been sharpened.
The winter, with all its rain and cold temperatures, reminds us how it once was. We could always expect a wet winter until recent years when the drought dominated.
Debate about the medical plan -- particularly since no one seems to agree on anything -- makes one more suspicious of Congress than ever. I hear some suggest it is the president's fault. More often than not, the prevailing view that it is the fault of the insurance companies that there is no consensus.
If I were invited to Buckingham Palace for dinner, I suppose that it would be something I would enjoy, although I have never been that keen on Yorkshire pudding which likely would be on the menu.
It was a cold day -- we've had a few of those lately -- and I was the guest of Butch Houston of Nashville, who founded a small insurance company, Life of the South, with a very simple slogan: "Your company will like our company."
Former Texas football coach Darrell Royal continues to make an impact on college football years after retiring.
The Georgia Center for Continuing Education, the campus jewel with which many visitors -- even those with international affiliations -- have identified the University of Georgia over the years, has abundant features that have stood the test of time.
Bartow County's Marvin Hudson enjoys the major leagues as an umpire as much as the managers and players.
Georgia football sideline reporter Loran Smith puts the Bulldogs' season in perspective.
Charlie Moore, following graduation at Georgia, could have returned to Albany, where he grew up, and lived the laid back lifestyle of his youth.Many of his friends, including his brother, Duncan, have put down roots in their hometown which Charlie considers a lifestyle that has enviable options. In fact, when time allows for a sojourn of significant duration from his suburban Manhattan home to the fields and woods of Dougherty County, he is always eager to return.
Herald guest columnist and longtime Georgia Bulldogs sideline reporter Loran Smith talks about how UGA's success this season has lived and died by the run.
Longtime Georgia sidelines reporter Loran Smith looks back on a great individual seasoj by Justin Houston, despite troubles in the early going both on and off the field.
Herald guest columnist Loran Smith takes a look back at the 2009 season that was for the Georgia Bulldogs, pinpointing the highs, as well as the lows.
Georgia sidelines reporter and Herald guest columnist Loran Smith, for whom the late Uga VII was named after, pays tribute to the mascot.